is a proposed railway
development in north-east Scotland
, first proposed within the 2003 Scottish Strategic Rail Study. It is supported by NESTRANS
the north-east's voluntary regional transport partnership
It proposed upgrading existing train services from Aberdeen
to a regular half-hourly service, adding more services between Aberdeen and Stonehaven
, and opening new stations along existing lines in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
. It could also bring about the re-opening of lines and stations between Aberdeen and the towns of Peterhead
The project is seen as vital in reducing traffic congestion within Aberdeen. Currently, only 12% of north-east residents live within 1 km of a railway station, but if all of the Crossrail proposals were to go ahead, this could potentially rise to 25%. This would aid commuting into the city centre and provide a viable alternative to using the car.
The Scottish Executive
began a £400,000 feasibility study into the project in June 2005, the outcome of which was expected to be announced by March 2007.